Is Your Toilet Paper Itching You? Ow!

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Is Your Toilet Paper Hurting You? Aargh!

It all started innocently enough - my horror story.

You just cannot run out of toilet paper - because it's just wrong.

So one fine sunny day, on my way home, I knew all I had was what was hanging on the roll in the bathroom, and that was almost finished. It meant I HAD to, no matter what else I did, stop and buy more.

I stopped in a little shop, and taken in by a pretty pink wrapper - a color rarely seen on toilet paper packaging, I gave it the squeeze test and it passed. Plus it was on sale - real cheap! Why not get a two-fer? I did. It was only after using up the first roll, and unwrapping the second roll, that I decided to use that wrapper as temporary reading material.

Turns out it was an unknown brand, made in China - and you probably think this is where my horror story begins. But it doesn't. However, I decided to never buy it again, even though I had no problems with it. It was actually nice toilet paper; it did everything it said it would do. But I was concerned. What if I have a problem with it? There would be no way I could sue for being maimed, or slowly poisoned by lead. As a result, I would be made a laughingstock in my community, and called a Big Cheapo Type Person.No, this was too delicate an area(s) to take chances with, literally, so from then on -

I decided to buy only a well-known, major US/American brand of toilet paper. And this is where the horror story begins.

This particular familiar brand claimed to be interested in the environment; it even had a new wrapper. Even better, it was hypoallergenic, almost lint free, whitened without chlorine, no dye or fragrance added, and yes, pretty cheap too. By being a good citizen and buying this product, I would help save a million trees! Well, okay then.

I don't know exactly what day the itching began because I think the effect is cumulative - as long as you don't wake up screaming you can pretty much ignore some minor itching. But, I didn't know what was causing it. Surely that magnificent tree-saving-toilet-paper could not be the culprit.

All I know is that there came a time, recently, that I was itching so much - in 2 areas, being that I am a woman - that I was ready to give up on ever bothering to get out of a tub of warm soaking water and go out in the world and attempting to function. What in the world was happening to me?

The Internet revealed all sorts of possibilities for the itching but none mentioned toilet paper. And they were all quite clear with explanations that applied to only one area - but not both.

Why was this happening?

Was I eating too much ice cream and sugar? So I cut back. And no, I wasn't using a new detergent, or new bath oil or soaps. Could it be those black polyester pants I wore sometimes? - but that non-natural fiber never bothered me before - as long as it wasn't too hot out. To be safe, I only wore cotton and summer weight wool pants. Still no good. No relief. No peace did I find.

How do you keep a straight face while all this is going on? Aargh!!!!

It was shea butter that finally helped me figure out what was causing this unbearable itching - in two places being that I am a woman. I'm convinced that shea butter is the best thing on earth and for healing - it works, it has always worked. I used it and felt instant relief and was able to sleep through the night and not wake up...screaming, confused, and itching. But while the shea butter offered relief and a good night's sleep - the itching came back. More shea butter meant more relief but the itching always came back. Well, finally, an 'aha' moment.

If the itching kept coming back - it meant I was doing something over and over and over - and what else could that be...but...using that toilet paper?

After an unbearable Saturday night, piling on the shea butter, pacing the floor, staying up later than ever (whew!) I was at the supermarket Sunday at 8 a.m. - the moment the doors opened. I didn't even look for a bargain toilet paper. I bought a familiar brand - paying more than I normally liked to and sprinted home.

Now the test. The amazing results. The results were almost immediate. I could almost hear 'sighs' coming from two places down there.

It has been only 1 1/2 days now. It is Monday evening as I write this and I am a new confident woman. This instant relief, this change is drastic - there is virtually no more itching. I'm functioning at a 90% itch free existence I'd say.

This means without a doubt, that 'green' toilet paper was...what? Is what? A marketing ploy to get us to buy? Is it not unlike those 'green' bulbs we are supposed to buy to save on energy and maybe we will - but reports out of England are showing that they have very high ultra violet rays and are harmful to the skin of people with sensitive skin and certain diseases (see link below).

I write this article because I know we all want to do the right thing and give our earth a break - but how can we be sure we are not falling for a hyped up product? The fact remains - we are an economy based on consumerism and driven by profit not quality. But fortunately, with the Internet, we can be safe, we can share information.

I write this article, too, because some of you may be suffering as I was and not know why. You may start thinking something is wrong with you (and not the product) and start buying salves and ointments - well, now you can save your money.

After getting some relief I was able to sit still long enough yesterday to do research on the Internet. I came across a guy with his own website that reported that this particular brand was itching the heck out of his sphincter (that's such a great word). A number of men responded by saving various brands were giving them problems as well. I responded too, telling them that as a woman I was doubly affected.

If you find yourself suddenly suffering from a chronic ailment, please take a moment to figure out what it is you are doing over and over. For example:

- several years ago, I was suddenly doubled over with stomach cramps. I am not a woman who has ever suffered from stomach cramps. Perhaps, it was something I ate that day, perhaps, a touch of food poisoning. But the next day, I had the worst stomach cramps again. While suffering, I decided then and there for the third day in a row, I would take another one of those new 'major name brand super-multi daily vitamins created just for women.' I needed those vitamins to build up my immunity to handle whatever this was that was causing me such pain. Shortly, thereafter, when I took another vitamin, I was doubled over again. Of course! The vitamins! The next day, I did not take one - no stomach cramps. I never took them again - and have not had the problem again.

Meanwhile, here is a bit of information for you to enjoy about some of the highlights of toilet paper:

- Toilet paper was first produced in China - for the emperor’s use in 1391 - made in 2’ by 3’ sheets.

- 1857 - Joseph Gayetty sells the first factory-made toilet paper (loose, flat sheets of paper), that were pre-moistened with aloe. His name was printed on every sheet.

- 1872 - John Kimberly, H. Babcock, Charles Clark, and F. Shattuck opened Kimberly Clark and Company.

- Several sources attribute the rolled and perforated toilet paper that we know today to the Albany Perforated Wrapping (A.P.W.) Paper Company in 1877.

- It wasn’t until 1935, that Northern Tissue advertised “splinter free” toilet paper. Early production processes sometimes left splinters embedded in the paper.(Good Grief!)

- In 1945, the St. Andrew’s Paper Mill in Great Britain introduced two-ply toilet paper.

- There is now an online museum dedicated to toilet paper - The Virtual Toilet Paper Museum opened its virtual doors in 1999.

- What did people use before then: it seems - whatever they wanted, or was available such as grass, leaves, fur, corn cobs. It is said that the ancient Greeks used stones and pieces of clay, ancient Romans used sponges on ends of sticks kept in jars filled with salty water.

- In early America, pages from newspapers and magazines were commonly used. The Sears catalogue was well-known for this purpose and even produced humorous spin-offs such as a “Rears and Sorebutt” catalogue.

- The reason the Farmer’s Almanac had a hole in it was so it could be hung on a hook and pages easily torn off.

Hope you are happy and itch-free!

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justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

Good information. I don't think "green" toilet paper is a problem for everyone, but surely some people will have a sensitivity to one thing and others to another! I do try to avoid Georgia Pacific and Scott. They make toilet paper out of virgin forests. I have gotten very good toilet paper from the dollar store - made in China - perhaps from their virgin forests!


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

Queen Victoria refused to buy loo roll for the royal palaces - cut up bits of newspaper was used instead!


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

There used to be a little old lady in the Retiro in Madrid who stood at the top of the steps leading down to the public toilets doling out loo paper. She asked you how many sheets you wanted. It would have been funny if I wasn't about to burst and was scared laughter would cause an accident.


Janetta 7 years ago

Great hub, I'm sorry that you had to be so itchy. In two places- since you are a woman. Glad to hear you are now itch free! Splinters and corn cobs?!? Ouch!! :D


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You know, justmesuzanne, the toilet paper from China was quite good and cheap, I guess I can always go back.

LondonGirl, I'm always happy to keep up with Queen Victoria. Secretly, I've been wondering if more people are using newspaper due to the economy.

Teresa McGurk - where ever I travel in the world toilet paper is not wasted - it's handed out or you better make sure you have your own, - it seems we Americans almost never come prepared. What a mess!

Janetta, I am just so thankful I had only two places to itch, being a woman and all, and not 3-5 places. If I lived near a cornfield I think I would try corncobs - just because they are there - and see what happens, or grows.

Thank you all for writing. This is why hub writing is so much fun. There are such understanding people out there.


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MagicStarER 7 years ago from Western Kentucky

First of all, you really made a great hub out of this - toilet paper of all things! LOL! But toilet paper allergies are no joke! I know - it has happened to me, too, and more than once! Just last week, matter of fact - this time the culprit was Soft n Gentle. The Cottonelle with no dyes, no perfumes seems ok. Maybe not for you though - your description sort of sounded like Cottonelle. You should tell us the brand so we "sensitive butt" people can avoid it! I sure don't want to have an itchy sore butt again! I'd do anything to avoid that - even use a corn cob! At least not as bad as a friend of mine - wiped in the woods with a leaf- turned out to be poison oak! OUCH!!!


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thank you MagicStarER - you truly understand the issue here.

This toilet paper is a new Marcal - there is one that's been around for ages - but this one touts itself as being eco-friendly and new with a mostly yellow wrapper. I have never ever had a bad experience with toilet paper - but since I stopped using this one brand I have not had a problem since.

How horrible and when you think about the sensitive area where we use toilet paper it is no time for marketing any old thing and experimenting. Good grief.

Nice to meet you and thanks for writing.


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Lee Boolean 7 years ago

"LondonGirl, I'm always happy to keep up with Queen Victoria. Secretly, I've been wondering if more people are using newspaper due to the economy."

Actually I use newspaper because of the news, nothing like wiping yourself with your politician of choice!

Back in my army days, toilet paper was know as "white gold"... one of those items nobody gives a sh(naa, too easy) about till you don't have any, or start having side effects from it(as in your case).


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lisalomas 7 years ago from New Zealand

Quite a well written hub. I do think it shows that writing can help people. I also think it helps people be aware of what things are made from. I have allergies & have to read so many labels. I wish you an itch free life, lol. I love your humor too.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thank you so much for your compliment lisalomas. I just read back through the hub and it is a bit long winded but it was such a miserable experience. I think I just had to vent.

Nice to meet you by the way!


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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

Yes, well done-- and very informative. I especially like your point about paying attention to your habits when having a habitual problem.

This is the second time today I have commented on a hub about toilet paper.

Why? I dunno. Not having any problems with that product-- though I have always been a bit compulsive about making sure my cupboards are well-stocked.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hello Rochelle Frank!

I like how you summed it up - paying attention to your habits when having a habitual problem. That's the key!

So glad you wrote! Thank you!


PWalker281 6 years ago

Thanks for this excellent hub. I've had problems with toilet paper, too, especially the kind that's "oh so soft" or colored toilet paper. I stick with white and make sure I don't rub too hard because that causes problems too .


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

This was an experience that was so nerve-wracking that I had to write about it. It was awful! It seems many of us have this toilet paper issue but I'm glad we look to the toilet paper before we run out and buy all sorts of medications.

And please don't rub too hard! Thanks for commenting!


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Well how many made in China tragedies do we need? Are they accidents? Over and over.I buy nothing made in China, and we have problems with their products, some things dangerous to our children or our health, but does US check first, of course not they know our government doesn't care...that they are all on vacation playing the lobbiest game...apparently.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I fear this toilet paper is our very own Pollyannalana - and no telling what goes into it. And true! - sell anything in America - of course we expect China to do it all for pennies - better than paying a living wage to Americans.

Thanks for commenting!


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gramon1 6 years ago from Miami

When I was a child in Spain, toilet paper was a brown roll of supermarket bag paper. In my house, we used American toilet paper. But whenever I had to use the bathroom outside, I had to endure that non-absorbing attrocity. Therefore, in my adult life I have always bought the most expensive aloe squizable paper made by clowds :)

My wife always say that if she could time travel, she would never travel before toilets. I guess I would change that to before toilet paper. We don't know how good things are, until they are not available!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You've piqued my interest gramon1 - I wonder what else happens around the world as far as toilet paper. I know in my travels overseas, people certainly use much much much less per swipe than in the US. Wait! You have aloe in your toilet paper? I am not familiar with this but will check the shelves this a.m. Might be a sweet treat!

When I lived in S. Korea and traveled around and visited, in many places there were those push button toilets where you could get a squirt of water to wash, and then warm-air dry your important under parts. Mmmm - delightful.

Thanks for commenting!


Lord Bryan 6 years ago

What perfect timing you have BK. We are off to China soon and I had heard about the toilet paper there. Some people suggested bringing your own. I am sure the places we will be staying will cater to western "behinds" but after reading this, I am going to make sure we have our own. Thank you for this.

Lord Bryan

ps. I use shea butter all the time. Works great on wounds, cuts, scrapes.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I had tons of toilet paper in my Western hotel but it was a little rough but not too bad. You'll need toilet paper at the Great Wall if you enter near the bear pit. But at all cost - try to avoid that bathroom (it's a life altering experience!) I was there a year before the Olympics so maybe it was upgraded.


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someonewhoknows 6 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

I sometimes wonder what chemicals are used in the making of toilet paper.If,they use the same chemicals that thery use in paper making,like dioxins ,it can't be good for our health anyway.It,makes you wonder why we aren't still using hemp to make paper.Hemp doesn't need chemicals to produce paper.I wonder if hemp was ever used to make toilet paper.


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someonewhoknows 6 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hello someonewhoknows - I bet hemp was used - it was a major US crop way back in the 1700's - so most likely. The time is due once again to use more hemp!

No telling what they are doing to the toilet paper - but I am sure it is processed as cheaply as possible. OW!

Thanks for commenting!


Hummingbird5356 6 years ago

Excellent hub. By the way, Muslims do not use paper, they wash themselves with water. Something that they have been doing since the beginning of Islam. When I visited Pakistan they had a water spray fixed next to the toilet and I used this. I found it much fresher and more hygienic.

I have had an itching problem for a while and use cream for thrush, never considered that the paper might be partly to blame. Must look into this.

Thanks.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thank you for your input, Hummingbird5356! I have to say when I was in S. Korea often, even in department stores you would find the toilets with the spray inside - just press a button, and then another button for a warming air.

It makes so much sense - and I always felt so refreshed! My mother was also a believer in washing yourself - not just wiping yourself.

It's so nice to meet you and I've been reading your hubs. I'm so happy with this world community here on hub pages. There is so much to share and learn!


Gina 6 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing. I bought this huge bunch of toilet paper a few months ago, probably 18-20 rolls. Green brand, promised to save a lot of trees. And every roll was wrapped individually in their own extra wrapper. I started itching like crazy once I started using it and up until now. I had no idea what it could be, I thought I was using too much soap and my sex drive went down because of the itching. We just bought another quality brand toilet paper which is really thick. Even though we still had a few "green" rolls left, I decided to put out the new ones because they looked a little better. My itching suddenly disappeared! I still didn't understand that it was the toiletpaper that caused it, until I put up the last roll of the "green" TP and my itching came back! I just now googled "itching from toiletpaper" and came across your page and it's like if I had wrote this myself! Do you know what this brand is called? I tossed all the "evidence" and can't remember what it's called...


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

This brand is Marcal - but I have used Marcal for years and no problem - this is their new environmentally friendly one - it is individually wrapped with mostly yellow on the label. And I have to say there seems to be a problem - because it is constantly on sale and has been moved to 99cent stores in my neighborhood. I've heard people in the supermarket saying they will never buy it again.

I cannot tell you the amount of suffering I went through - it was unbearable - and I have never had this happen before. I am a super healthy person - and there was just nothing I was doing differently - except...saving the environment? Just thinking about this - and I am suffering.

I'm glad we both found out what it was without going to the doctor and being prescribed toxic medication. Now I stay away from all the environmentally friendly toilet paper - because after all - we really don't know what it is. And I just can't go through this again.

And you are right - as soon as you stop using the tp - the itching disappeared - I got instant relief.

Thanks for commenting - and I'm glad you solved your issue. Whew!


pringleantiques 6 years ago

Well, after all this info, I need a cocktail! And, it's that time of the evening, too, :) But, such good info & we will be sure to use only good TP, & take it along the next time hubby & I travel abroad to save our "buts." Love your humor & keep on writing! PA in MIA in FLA in USA


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks for the compliment pringleantiques. I'm glad you can appreciate the humor in this itchy story. I would enjoy a cocktail along about right now - and thanks too for mentioning that.

Be careful out there with your TP!


Still Itching 5 years ago

I am allergic to most toilet paper. I have found that if the itching is keeping me awake at night, the best thing is to get up and take a shower to wash off the allergens. I found that Cottonelle with Aloe and E worked for me for a couple of years, then came the "new" Cottonelle (they took the ingredients list off the packaging at the same time the word "new" appeared, so I'm not sure what was changed) which made me itch again. I have tried all kinds of brands, Northern, Charmin, Scott, etc. Some brands make me itch more than others, but I really haven't found anything as good as the old Cottonelle with Aloe and E. I will look for Marcal. Do you have any other suggestions?


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I have a new problem, Still Itching - Just when I thought I could recommend a brand, even stocked up - slight itching began so it may be the toilet paper. As you mentioned the problem is they keep changing this crap and you no longer know what you are getting but I'm sure it is cheaper and inferior.

So, sigh, once again I am off to try a different brand when I shop tomorrow.

And honestly, it's time to look into some type of bidet/toilet seat system. This is ridiculous.

If you find something I hope you will share it. There is a reason why so many of us are becoming allergic to toilet paper - but so many just don't yet know the TP is the cause of our suffering - whew!

Thanks for writing!


Helen 5 years ago

I have had the itch problem! I used to wake up in the night scratching! My aunt even wormed me, like a pet! It went on for years and I ended up going to the doctor convinced I had an STD. After examination she told me that it was nothing more than "sensitive skin" and I should use a perfume free, bleach free toilet paper. What a relief to have no more itching.... mostly.

I have since discovered that if you're allergic to these kinds of chemicals in toilet paper, you'll be allergic to inhaling them, putting them on your skin and eating them in food. You can get rid of a lot of problems by eliminating anything with a perfume from your house. Dishwash liquid is a bad one, and so is laundry powder, moisturisers, deodorant, shampoo, air freshener, you name it.

fedup.com.au is a good resource for finding out about chemicals you might react to.


Helen 5 years ago

Oh, and be careful about what kind of soap you use down there. Again, anything perfumed is a problem. I wash with Cetaphil, sorbolene, or just plain water. Be careful your shampoo doesn't wash down there while you're not looking. Avoid moisturisers, and make sure your underwear is washed in perfume-free detergent. For emergencies, I have found that "QV Flare-up Cream" is a miracle worker. Good luck. May the itch not be with you.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Love your comments Helen. And you are so right - we are absolutely bombarded with toxic chemicals. Often water is the lesser of the evils - in New York City it is filled with flouride and other chemicals.

Toilet paper I often have to change because the product changes and you never know what it's composed off - but if you feel an itch - get rid of it.

You know when I lived in S. Korea many of the toilet seats worked like bidets - ahhh! You get cleansed and then dried - and you felt sooooo good.

Shame too how many people itch and go to the doc who then treats them with a toxic product rather than trying to identify the source.

Thanks for all your tips - they are appreciated.

So glad we are both itch free for the time being - yay!


Debbie 5 years ago

This has been fascinating to read I have been putting up with this itching since the birth of my first daughter three years ago. Ironically that's when I first learnt that I was allergic to sticky plasters. I have tried everything to try and fix this annoying problem and it dawned on me today that it could be tp wow!!!!! I'm off tomorrow to buy Shea butter and I'm hoping this has finally been solved...what can I use though?? Someone mentioned baby wipes??


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I'm actually back to using Scott brand TP - remember the single ply toilet paper that no one wanted? Everyone had to have two-ply. I have been okay with just about all the TPs out there and the only problem I have ever had was with that "new" and "green" and "recycled" Marcal brand. Yikes! Never had a problem with regular Marcal but thought I was being eco-responsbile. Good Grief! It was misery.

I've never been a big fan of baby wipes but my son and DIL always keep them on hand.

I tell you - one fine day I may just invest in a toilet seat that is like a bidet. I mean, we just cannot live with this itching.

I hope hope hope you find some relief - soon! Glad you wrote.


Jtom 5 years ago

Now you've got me thinking... I am suffering badly down below and have been for a while, thinking "oh it's the change just get on with it" now I'm screaming at myself "it could be the nasty cheap loo roll your using woman"... That's it I'm off to the supermarket to do some research.... Will post result forth with!!.......


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I truly hope this works for you Jtom. I happily went through the change - no problems ever and no itching.

And this type of suffering was like nothing I could have imagined. It was almost getting in the way of functioning. And when shea butter did soothe - but then the itch kept returning it had to be something I was doing again and again.

If you have a moment please let us know that you have found relief. Whew!

And thanks for reading and commenting!


aliciazp 4 years ago

The only problem I used to have with toilet paper, is that little pieces would be left behind. I started using conttonelle wipes and then would blot dry. I decided to start using Scott brand since it did not leave the little pieces. But just two monthes ago i started itching. I have been treating myself for hemroids because all the symptoms were there. after reading your blog I am going back to Northern tissue. Thank You BKcreative and everyone else that has posted (Goodluck with the Scott brand)


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

That was a selling point aliciazp - with Charmin' TP - it left no little pieces behind. I never tried it though. So far Scott has been good and it lasts forever - hate that changing a roll every other day. Sure, if you are itching - which can drive you mad - hope a TP change will work.

I'm beginning to feel annoyed that we are so dependent on TP. We must find another way. Whew!

Thanks for writing!


Laurie 4 years ago

What a great post! Thanks for sharing your experience. I never had this problem until recently, with my second pregnancy, and I've treated myself for a yeast infection twice now --the 7-day treatment, too, since I'm pregnant! -- and nothing helped the itching. Then I started to consider the fact that I was itching in THREE places (since I am a woman), and what touches three places besides my undies and toilet paper? Trouble is, I haven't changed detergents or TP brands lately, but my guess is my pregnant state is making me overly sensitive, so I am switching brands and seeing how that goes. I lived in S Korea for a couple of years, too...now I'm thinking maybe I should use my cloth-diapered baby's diaper sprayer instead of TP. Only problem is, it's hooked up to the cold water. :o) Anyway, thanks for the post -- you gave me lots to consider!


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Isn't it awful what we may have to go through Laurie. And we do have to figure it our ourselves - because if we go to a Dr. - we get a prescription for the itching - but still never know the cause.

Even with the same toilet paper (or detergent) - ingredients can change and we are never notified. Think of all the products on the market that had sugar in them - when the switch was made to use high fructose corn syrup instead of sugar - there was no mention of this toxic/unhealthy change.

Hope you find relief - because we cannot live with all this itching. Whew!

Thanks so much for commenting!


Glen 4 years ago

Hi. Bidets are surely the best option. There are numerous handheld bidets or "bum guns" as they are known in SE Asia. You can find some here http://www.handheldbidet.co

Some people shy away from them since they don't know the correct technique. However as soon as you do....its plain sailing :) cheers!


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks so much for the information Glen! When I lived in S.Korea is was easy to find toilet seats that worked like bidets - what a pleasure. I didn't know about the hand held bidet but it makes so much sense. It's truly time to get rid of this toilet paper nonsense. Will check that link now.


cyndie6378 4 years ago

I went through the same thing ---as a woman--- the itching was un bare able! I finally told my adult son that I thought the toilet tissue was causing trouble for me. He said, "@#%&* Is THAT what it is?! I have had to dig paper outa my creases! Time we buy some decent paper."

Now, my question: Recently, how many packages of tp have you seen in which the ingredients were printed on the wrapper? I was reading where tp is made from recycled paper. If that was the case, it would say so. HMMMm? Our neighborhood on both sides of the street for blocks have had recent sewer backups. Personally, I think the tp manufacturers are making it out of some kind of plastic. If you study it and tug on it, it feels like a soft plastic and wipes just like plastic. Note: this is the new tp --- after the itchie fiasco. The tp manufacturers went from itchy to non-absorbent, sewer blocking - whatever!


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

It just doesn't end cyndie6378. You raise a good point about this recycled stuff - supposedly it is all 'green' but what is it being recycled from? Who knows. Plastic is what has to be recycled out there - far more than paper.

I have all the more respect for those countries that use bidets - and toilet seats that work like bidets. It makes so much sense if we are really going to talk about going green. Hmmm perhaps I can rig up a hose to my sink and use if for cleansing. Time for some serious changes.

Thanks for reading and commenting!


Linda B 4 years ago

Think you just saved my sanity!!!!! I just developed this problem a week ago and thought of many things due to a recent bought with sickness(being on antibiotics) and also being pregnant. I thought maybe the first was the culprit, but since being off the meds for a week, the problem has not subsided. Then I googled my symptoms and pregnancy. Found your page in the midst and it all makes sense!!!!! I read that pregnancy can change the way our bodies react to all sorts of things, why not toilet paper?! The funny thing is, no sign of this during my first pregnancy four years ago. Just this time around.


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imatellmuva 4 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

Well BkCreative, you've touched (pun)on a subject that's obviously the bane of existence for a lot of people.

Who talks about toilet paper...you do? and all of who have responded to your hub...and then some.

I've seen the color, or printed tp in the store, and opted not to buy it for fear that the dye might do something I couldn't figure out or explain. I've tried the eco-friendly tp, only problem is...that crap ain't bottom friendly. I've treid the easy on the septic system tp, and that crap ain't easy on the tooshie.

I never imagined that there would be such an issue with tp. I remember as a child, there were limited brands, and there didn't appear to be a problem.

One other thing I don't understand to this day, is individually wrapped tp; eventually you do have to unwrap it, so what's the point? One individual wrapped roll costs nearly as much as a four pack, so again, what's the point? Since you are a tp afcianado, can you explain this?


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Linda B, I am so glad you are finding some relief. It is not okay to be pregnant and suffer like this. Isn't it great that we are taking some control of our health and getting on the internet to do some research? A doctor is likely to prescribe some ointment to relieve itching but the problem remains. Argh! I'm so glad you took the time to write. Who would think that this would cause us so much grief - but it does.

So true imatellmuva! What misery we go through - because of tp. Growing up I never had this issue - ever, but now with anything goes when it comes to putting a product on the market - we are victimized left and right - while spending our good money. Oooh love being called a tp aficianado. I can only think manufacturers love to individually wrap because it's more profitable for them and they get to do a whole lot of advertising on that wrapper. By the way I'm coming to visit you hub right now.


Weezie911 4 years ago

I had similar experience with "green toilet tissue". My husband says at his job the femalrs complain

I had a smilar experience with "green tt" and after 1/2 roll got rid of it. The females at my husband job complained about itching from recycled toilet tissue. My opinion is that some recycled things should not be used down below!!


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I so agree with you Weezie911! This is nothing to fool around with - good grief! Recycle that stuff elsewhere. Thanks for writing!


PaperGirlFLA 4 years ago

Do a little google-ing on imported toilet paper and hazardous chemicals. There are a lot of restrictions put on US manufacturers of personal paper items regarding what chemicals, etc can be used in the process. Asian markets do not have these restrictions, so the use of potentially harmful, carcinogenic, itch-creating acids, bleaches, binders, etc. can and does happen in overseas manufacturing.

Recycled is great - there is nothing in the recycling process that would, on it's own, create an itchy issue.

The itch was caused most likely, by some chemical that was used to break down the original paper fibers, whitened the resulting slurry and bind the pulped fibers back together.

On the other hand, it is also possible that the container in which your pretty, pinkly-wrapped toilet paper shipped across the ocean, may have been sitting under a container full of weed killer, Acetone, or some other potentially hazardous chemical. It would them be possible for that chemical to leach into your soft, absorbent (it did after all, pass the squeeze test) toilet paper.

Go ahead, splurge a little - buy some nice bath tissue made in the good old USA. Let's stop supporting the imports that are devastating our USA manufacturing opportunities.

And Yes, I do have a small level of expertise - I sell toilet paper (and other paper products) for a living. I work for a large North American manufacturer who produces only 100% recycled papers. Trust me - it's not the recycling that is causing your pain, it's the other stuff being added to it or spilled on it.


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks so much for your input PapergirlFLA. Your expertise is much appreciated because it seems like this is a problem that is more common than we thought. No doubt like so many things we buy - even if they were once produced in the US may not be any more. Often now you will read that it is simply 'distributed by' the US company but not made here. I am back to the US brand and all is well I'm happy to say.

Thanks for taking the time to comment!


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Xenonlit 4 years ago

I never buy cheap toilet paper, but go for the sales.

For me it was those cheap premoistened wipes! aiieeee! Now I rinse them thoroughly and the problem is solved.

Great hub.


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Aiieeee! is right Xenonlit! And there is always a great sale somewhere!


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TimeHealsAll 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

I just came across your hub while i was doing research for my problem. I had never considered this. There are so many people suffering with itching! I have a hub called "Itching all over my body'. Thank you and i am going to try this!


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I'm glad you found the hub useful TimeHealsAll. Now whenever I heard a woman talking about itching I suggest changing the toilet paper - and that usually seems to work. How awful we are buying this stuff - then spending more money seeking relief. I will check out your hub!


Bruce 4 years ago

BkCreative. Thank you for your post. I stumbled across a link at the bottom of something else.

I am male, and I do have two places that itch. Some of us do need to wipe at the front, due to design issues.

I have been going nuts trying to figure out why I had itches where I did, when the usual odour that goes with a fungal infection was not there.

After having read your article, I realized that my itching started not long after we changed brands, because the brand we had been using was getting too "weak". I will have to try something else. Interesting tho', my wife is not having a problem with it - possibly because she is at work most of the day, and showers twice a day


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks Bruce. I'm glad you pointed out that your wife was not having the problem - but good sleuthing explained why - she is away most of the day - whereas many of us just use that one source of paper - argh.

This problem seems to be happening more and more. Probably the only way to get the word out there is to have a stand-up comic discuss the issue - we'll laugh, but we will get it! We are so intent on believing that something is inherently wrong with us when in fact it is all the outside toxins that are wreaking havoc.

Glad you found relief because without solving this it can be hard to function. Whew!


owwwwwwwwwww 4 years ago

Just recently bought a package of Marcel toilet paper. I've been buying it for approx. 3 years. Just recently, it reared up n rashed me so bad I had to buy lotion to ease the rashes. Ty for this site and pointing this out. Looks like time to find a new line of tooshy tissue again. Marcel's recycling seems adultered somehow and there is a difference in their toilet paper texture also. I will be contacting them. "DO NOT BUY MARCEL TOILET PAPER".


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Yes owwwwwwwwwww - it is that recycled stuff that drove me crazy. I will never change brands again - that's how horrified I am.

I'm glad we are realizing that it is the TP and not getting hung up in that cycle of buying creams and taking medication because we think there is something wrong with us - when it is a product.

Thanks for commenting!


Sarah 4 years ago

So funny, I'm searching for TP brands that don't contain recycled content and came across this article. I'm allergic too and I have to use baby detergent on top of using certain TP brands. I used Cottonelle, but since Greenpeace got them to start using recycled content, I'm back to being miserable again. As a graphic designer, I know how recycled paper is made-- it is treated with chemicals and in some cases, dyes, to remove previously printed inks. I can only assume that's the problem with said "environmentally friendly" TP. I used to donate to Greenpeace and contacted them during their anti-Kleenex campaign about this very problem. The response I got was basically that this extremely uncomfortable problem didn't matter in the scheme of things. Alas, what can you do?


Nictwin 4 years ago

I too had a serious problem with itching. VERY bad. I was using Charmin Ultra Soft - which is ultra soft and very nice - only because we were getting a great deal on it, 48 rolls for $9! Then my gyno told me to switch and try something with aloe. I now use Cottonelle with Aloe and lo-lo-love it! It's the perfect combo of soft and strong, and best part - I don't itch! :)


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks Sarah for that information about what recycling basically is all about. It may be okay in many other ways but not when it comes to my health. Rather than recycling all the garbage we consume - let's start there and eliminate all the garbage. I steer clear of all recycled TP and will stick with the old Scott's brand that I have used forever. Very little goes a long way. The best thing of course will be bidets and toilet seats that have cleansing mechanisms.

Nictwin, I'm glad to hear your gyno make the recommendation about switching. Too often our doctors simply write a prescription rather than suggesting preventive methods. Glad you found something that works.


MzBug 4 years ago

Warning....Scott must have changed their formula. We have used that brand for years with no issues what so ever. The last package I bought seems different, and it has caused both my guy and I problems. I had a few rolls of the old left and used those up...our problems dissapeared. Used one of the newer rolls...issues came back twice as bad. We have even resorted to Neosporin on the affected areas. I am off to get some SB, sensitive skin baby wipes and to find a new tissue. Thank you for "airing" out this issue.


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks for the warning MzBug! It is so true that a manufacturer will change a product and they have no obligation to let us know. And they don't. I'm actually on my way out to buy TP - who knows it may have been on the shelf for ages. I'll certainly write again if there is a problem. Whew!


Clark 4 years ago

Very funny post bkcreative. I don't normally comment on anything BUT, I can't hold it in any longer. Im just glad to finally target the source of my agony. There r definitely some itchy brands out there. I just hope it's not the tp companies strategy to increase ones usage - that would be gastly! I am downright furious and I can't wait to check the label on some of these brands.

I used paper towel from the dollar bin before and I think I had some of my best wipes w it.


Clark 4 years ago

charmin ultra soft hurt me too. I trusted that bear! go back to the forest and take your tp w u!


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

It seems to be getting worse out there Clark (so glad you did comment) - a comment was left above to watch out for Scott tp which I went back to using. The writer said it has changed - sure enough the last roll I bought was so stiff as to be almost painful. Now what?

And thanks for the tip about that bear. I may have trusted that bunch too but now I won't. A neighbor told me she went ahead and installed one of those bidet toilet seats - best decision she ever made. I got to enjoy them when I worked in S. Korea.

Yes, this tp is turning into a major problem. We can't even go back to using corn cobs being that most corn is genetically modified. We might grow something extra down there. Good grief.

Thanks for both comments.


MzBug 4 years ago

As odd as it may seem....Puffs plus lotion facial tissues. A couple of those folded seem to work rather well. Followed up with one of the sensitive skin baby wipes and my tushie is happy. A combination of shea butter and hydrocortisone cream got rid of the irritation in about a week. TMI I know, but if it helps prevent anyone going through the misery I went through...


Kay 4 years ago

Years ago, when itching (down under) became an issue for me, I switched to Cottenelle with Aloe and Vit. E. For many years this product worked like a charm, but within the past several months I have noticed a soreness, coupled with itchiness, where I wipe. After reading these posts, I'm really beginning to believe that the product I've been using has changed their formulation; and as someone mentioned,the list of ingredients is no longer on the packaging. Suspicious, I think, don't you? I'm going to call the Cottenlle 1-800 number tmw. and ask some questions. I may get the truth; I may not. Not sure what to wipe with at this point, but do recall reading about a family who uses old, clean, small pieces of cloth (rags?)to wipe; then simply tosses them into a (small) baby's diaper pail for future laundering. Is this a good idea, or too gross?


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

This seems to be happening more and more Kay - the change in tp without notifying consumers. I'm sure people survived forever before toilet paper.

I somehow suspect that this family that uses small bits of rags and tosses them in a bin, leave all the dirty work for mom - so that doesn't appeal to me at all. A commenter above wrote about hoses connected to the faucet that are now created for this cleansing purpose - I like that - or a bidet toilet seat. When I move on to my next place - the bidet toilet seat will be my first purchase.

Thanks for commenting - I'm glad we can keep each other updated.


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California

Oh my goodness BK, what an informative article. I don't know why I haven't read it before. Oh, by the way, I'm old enough to remember the "Sears catalog toilet paper." I actually ran across this hub by accident, due to receiving notification on another of your hubs. Now as a result I'm going back and reading more of your hubs, specifically I'll follow the links in your hubs. I can't wait to see why we shouldn't use vinyl shower curtains. Very good voted up, awesome, useful, and interesting.


Anita 4 years ago

I am so glad to read I'm not the only person out there, with a TP problem down there! About 6 months ago I started having itchy problems,my little 3 year old grandaughter,daughter, and my sister also started having the same problem. We are having to use dollar store TP. All the name brands and store brands gave us problems. I have decided they have changed the way they are making TP just in the last year or so. Surely they will stop when their CEOs family starts having problems!


kristopher smith 4 years ago

is there a brand of toilet paper that does not have a chemial BAD odor?

Or are people's health being attacked from the rear?


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

It seems I always go back to Scott. For a while there it was changing as was pointed out by a comment above - it was hard. But lately it seems okay, lasts for ever and no odor. Rear attack - I cannot believe the suffering I have gone through with those so-called recycled brands. Just awful so I have to stay away.


MonkekYmom 4 years ago

So I have been having the same trouble.Went to dr today had to get a steroid shot because the itching is crazy! I am allergic to rubber products & to latex this means no strawberrys,bananas kiwis and some other foods i liked becauce they contain latex I can not put anything like benadreyl or anything like that on the itching because I have become allergic to this too.i live a dye free life and gluten free life because I am allergic To this too.I had just ask my husband if he bought a different kind of paper because it dawned on me it could be the TP.He said no but could it be maybe the produts they are using to break the process down? I have not broke out in a year!We use soft & gentle.Its crazy to think so?


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Glad to hear it's been a year for you - and thanks for sharing what TP works for you. We never know what goes into the process of making our products but as you point out - that could be part of the problem - no matter how soft the TP is. This itching stuff can drive you mad!


Steph 3 years ago

Thank you! I am not the only one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In my search I have found out that angel soft and northern bath tissue are the only American made brands~I am contacting them to find out what is really in their tp! I will let you know what I find~hopefully some relief!


Ann 3 years ago

I'm looking at this as I have had a "down below" problem for a week now and was suspicious of the change in TP from Charmin Basic to using a 100% Tree Free (Ology) made from sugarcane husk & bamboo. The symptoms started the same day as I started using the new type of TP. I quit using Ology 2 days ago, and the symptoms are some better, though not over. SO, what may be eco friendly, may not be people-friendly, or at least not for me. I do wonder if the chemicals used in processing might be the issue, but as is mentioned elsewhere by someone, no ingredients are listed to help explain. I do have senstive skin, but am 60 years old, and never had such a problem before.


Sarah 3 years ago

Oh my gosh I have been having this problem for literally like 3 years worse and worse, and have been trying to figure out what the %$&*# was bothering me! I have checked for everything at the doctor and it came up negative. The whole tp thing confused me because I use different washrooms (work, public, home, bidet), which makes it harder to make the connection. I work at a university - do you guys think that a university or other public washroom uses recycled paper? It's those giant rolls of thin paper. I'm going to go completely off of it, and see if my problem clears. You can get a handheld bidet to carry in your purse, which is weird and such a hassle, but you gotta do what you gotta do. They are like $15 on Amazon. Just search "travel bidet". It's blue with a white sprayer. Also - make sure you pat and don't rub. The shea butter I guess helped you because it made a barrier from the allergen. It could have also made the toilet paper more lubricative so it didn't rub your skin. You can also use coconut oil or I use this natural diaper rash creme St. Francis Herb Farm Zinc Chamomile Cream 60ml. Helps the itch. It's amazing. I have found that I am also definitely allergic to latex condoms, sodium lauryl sulphide, and pads/tampons. I use LifeStyles non-latex condoms, sulphate-free shampoo like Live Clean, and a diva cup/Treehugger cloth pads. I use Toleriane La Roche Posay face Cleanser. I have seriously sensitive skin, and had to go through so many products to figure out what was bothering me. This is long and TMI, but hoping to help my fellow sensitive skin people. TP is the last thing that can be bothering me as I have eliminated EVERYTHING. I will try water all week and report back.


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BkCreative 3 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Ann I think you summed it up in your term not "people-friendly" - we are just sold anything without regard to the harm to us personally. When I had that itch it was hard to function. Thanks for taking the time to write.

Sarah I am so glad you took the time to write and share your experience. This is becoming a serious issue because so many toxins are put into our products - no wonder we have so many allergies now - our bodies are being overtaxed.

I didn't know about the travel bidet but will look into that to use at home as well.

The scary thing is that we will go to the doctor who will add to the problem by giving us synthetic drugs with side effects. I am so glad we are all becoming more savvy and figuring this out ourselves. Yes, do keep all the sensitive folks posted - you've helped.


user86 3 years ago

@bkcreative - It is scary! Two different doctors told me that I had yeast infections and I didn't have them after the results came back. It makes me sooo mad.

Anyways - I am back for the update. I cut out toilet paper and I feel AMAZING! My skin has completely healed! Over the holidays, I went to my friend's house and used toilet paper at two different houses, and I can't believe how obvious the reaction is. My skin feels prickly and horrible. I used tp maybe three times, and it took me about 5-6 days for my skin to completely heal back. I think the tp was giving me contact dermatitis, and I couldn't tell it was bothering me because I was in a constant allergic reaction. Now that I stopped contact, I can tell I get the reaction from the toilet paper as soon as it touches me. But here's the craziness... I think I know what you guys are all allergic to.

I found this scholarly article explaining how toilet paper is made. The experiment was to determine whether recycled tp has more chemicals than non-recycled. Anyways - in order to make the paper soft when turning the wood into soft paper, they have to put a lot of chemicals and slimicides (preservatives) on it. They also use chlorine to bleach it. In Europe they actually have higher standards for toiletries and have unbleached paper because that's a skin irritant. You can get special menstrual pads by Natracare and stuff that are unbleached. Anyways - most of the chlorine washes out in processing, but a lot of formaldehyde remains. I think the imidazolidinyl urea is the slimacide - basically it makes the pulp not go bad and slimy. Weird right?

DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea and Imidazolidinyl Urea - DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea and imidazolidinyl urea are preservatives that release formaldehyde. It is estimated that 20 per cent of people exposed to this chemical will experience an allergic reaction. Exposure to formaldehyde may cause joint pain, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness and loss of sleep. In lab tests, formaldehyde has caused cancer and damaged DNA. Formaldehyde is a known sensitizer. Imidazolidinyl urea may cause contact dermatitis in some individuals.

Also • Sensitizers. One in every 50 people may suffer immune system damage from fragrance and become sensitized, according to the EU’s Scientific Committee on Cosmetic Products and Non-food Products. Once sensitized to an ingredient, a person can remain so for a lifetime, enduring allergic reactions with every subsequent exposure.

I am definitely allergic to fragrance and sodium lauryl sulfate, which basically make your skin more sensitive. My face puffs up, and I get rashes or headaches. Formaldehyde is extremely irritating to skin and is toxic. Many chemicals in toiletries cause contact dermatitis.

http://www.raindancecosmetics.ca/index.php/Common-...

Be thankful that your body is telling you not to slather your skin in chemicals. Try cutting out tp and see if you feel better. I also found this really cool travel bidet thing today that you can put on any water bottle called the Hygienna Solo http://hygienna.myshopify.com/ I haven't tried it, but it's only 10 bucks and is super stealth since this is a fairly embarrassing allergy! Hope this helps you guys! Let me know if you find out any more info. Thanks for writing this article. It helped fix my problem for sure :)


user86 3 years ago

This is what I meant - 4.1.4 Wetstrengthagents

Wet strength agents may consist of several different types of polymer. For example, these may include urea formaldehyde binding agent, melamine formaldehyde or polyamidoamine-epichlorohydrin binding agent.

Approx. 50 kg per ton are used. Of this, it is assessed that over 90% is retained in the paper, i.e. up to approx. 45 kg per ton. Formaldehyde can be released in processes related to the treatment of recycled paper. It is thought that formaldehyde can be released through use as toilet paper or handkerchiefs if binding agents based on urea formaldehyde are used. This is known from other types of product where this substance is used as binding agent.


user86 3 years ago

Sensitizer: A sensitizer is a substance which may, after repeated exposure, trigger severe allergic-type reactions to even a small amount of the substance. Some doctors now believe that some substances may also trigger sensitization to a wide number of substances, the condition known as multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). Organochloride pesticides and formaldehyde are two substances suspected of triggering MCS.


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BkCreative 3 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Formaldehyde? This is terrifying! Sigh...good grief user86 - we are in trouble because it keeps getting worse. My usual tp had a new label on it and I bought it anyway and I feel some irritation. I think it is time we went for the travel bidet.

That sodium lauryl sulfate you mentioned, shampoo companies now claim to be removing it because it is a known toxin - but yet it remains in products one way or another.

I cannot thank you enough for your well researched comments - we need this. And since I wrote this hub the whole issue keeps getting worse.

Thanks a million and thanks for the links!


nidiarri 3 years ago

It was interesting that so many other people seem to be having the same problem from which we are suffering. (I'm allergic to formaldehyde.) My doctor actually just put me on antibiotics!!! About this travel bidet - never having used a bidet in the first place - how do you dry after using it?

And by the way - about the sulfate(s) in shampoos, for 5 or 6 years now I've been using a sulfate-free shampoo, just like I don't do nitrates/nitrites in lunchmeat. It's a breast cancer thing!!!


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BkCreative 3 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

nidiarri - I will never forget the horror I went through when I tried a different tp. I will never change again unless I start itching. And I agree with you about the nitrates and nitrites.

Hmmm I guess with the travel bidet you just have to sit there and air dry. When I was in S. Korea I used those bidet toilet seats - first they would cleanse you - and then they would warm air dry you. Ahhhh. One day I think this will be my investment.


ML 3 years ago

It's called "Contact Dermatitis" and you may need antibiotics to fully get rid of the itch. Had the same problem, I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.


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BkCreative 3 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks for writing ML. How awful that we are subjected to this - unnecessarily.


ina 3 years ago

I got rid of the itches by avoiding all refined suger,flour, corn products ( noGMO- I buy organic now as much as I can) plus I tried a rince of water and couple of drops of tea tree oil in a bottle. Just in a week I was better and able to sleep without itche disturbance.


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BkCreative 3 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

ina - thanks so much for the tips. We are up against so much and it's best to take control of our health rather than try a drug!


Stephanie 2 years ago

Wow, you are famous because of your toilet paper expose!

I've had this problem for decades. Then I switched to Marcal. But then, Marcal became new and improved and it irritated me. I switched. I found CVS has a brand. I've used it for years and then off and on now, I get a roll or two that just irritates the livin daylights out of me.

I think that whatever they use on that recycled paper sometimes gets too much chemicals in it or it doesn't get rinsed out enough and wham! I get irritated in 2 areas, being that I am a woman


pinkolive 2 years ago

I'm so glad that I found this...It's good (although unfortunate) to know that I'm not the only one who suffers with this. My husband even thinks I'm crazy just because it doesn't affect him.

I've been using the same tp forever here in Canada. The name changed a few years ago (it's now Cashmere) and recently I've been finding the odd package with 'different' product inside. The change is visible on the actual product, and there is an immediate itching. Not every package of Cashmere has been like this though, and I've become an expert at distinguishing the difference between the two at the store to bring home the correct one.

Unfortunately last time I shopped I was unable to find a good package, and came home with the wrong one (which ended up in a closet for my husband's use along with all the other packages!) and now I'm down to my last couple of rolls, with 3 daughters, and I'm dreading running out not knowing what to use!

There is an abundance of information here that is most useful. My hunt for bleach free/formaldehyde free tp begins!


Janine 2 years ago

There are peoples throughout the (non-western) world who think that the practice of only wiping, after doing number two, is unhygienic and socially unacceptable. They always wash (using the left hand). It's not hard, and you feel clean and 'right' after doing the appropriate thing!


sara 2 years ago

so just what toilet paper did you purchase that didn't bother you?


iza brown 2 years ago

I was SOOOO happy to find this page! I thought I was the only one sensitive to TP. - actually it was kleenex Cottonelle - within 12 hours of stopping using it the itching almost stopped ( with the help of a bit of lavender oil that probably calmed me down too) and ..... don't laugh, I'm using Handee paper towels til I get to the supermarket and look around. I'll certainly never use a "green" TP again.


Emily Sobiesky 2 years ago

I suffered from horrible allergies to toilet paper until I tried Bum Boosa. It has completely made life easier. My son has similar issues so we buy in bulk.


MzBug 2 years ago

We keep a tub of the sensitive skin baby wipes in every bathroom now. We went through a few brands of baby wipes before we found one that didn't irritate us. Forget those "clean wipes" you find in the TP aisle, those are just nasty on the bum. So far the only TP we found that we can both deal with is the Cottonelle Aloe. It isn't much for holding together, and can leave dingleberries, but it doesn't make us itch.


Mandyc 2 years ago

What brand worked for you? I'm in the same situation as you & desperate!


Sophie Lord 2 years ago

I had the same problem starting in the 90's. I thought it was the anti bacterial soap. It was shear torture. I saw on a YouTube video how they made TP and they said one ingredient was secret that they added. It wouldn't surprise me if it were genetically modified (GMO) cotton hence the word cottonelle? I pat dry and it still leaves bleach and residue to make it dissolve quickly. Yeah it dissolves quickly all over my behind. I find that the TP at work is never itchy. If I remove T P residue I feel instant relief but it really gets into your skin quickly. Organic soaps help me. ESP with tea tree oil


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Karen Logan Mays 2 years ago

I am so amazed.......I came to this part of the blog from the original (itching one) and 2 things really jumped out at me...... 1. I have said to my friends and family before, I think I must be allergic to my own sweat! I truly think I am...I don't "perspire" easily and it is mostly on my head and face unlike others. I have a daughter who would blotch up unbelievably when she became hot and sometimes faint, because she hardly perspires at all. Like her natural ventilation system does not work properly. I think she got this from me. 2. The toilet paper thing. I recently had great itching and soreness issues that lasted a few weeks and although I was using the same toilet tissue as I had for years. It did make me question the tissue and wonder, Could I actually have an allergy to it? Since the outbreak, I began to blot more than "wipe" and follow with a wet wipe......so far I haven't had any more issues but one more thing I want to share with you, in having a hemorrhoid procedure the doctor and nurse told me my skin was so irritated that I should not use paper at all but washcloths to clean with and launder them just like we used to do cloth diapers. I finally tried it and the results were amazing. I bought a diaper pail type thing to collect them in and launder them separately from all other laundry very frequently. I also was told to use a special lotion either Balneol or Sit Fresh. It works wonders.....I prefer the Sit Fresh, it is not nearly as expensive and I get it at Bed Bath and Beyond where I frequently receive $5 off $15 purchase coupons. I buy household products I need anyway and bring my total to $15. Thank you so much for these posts and research. It helps me realize I wasn't losing my mind and I'm not that different after all :)


Anita Sutherland 2 years ago

I live in Johannesburg. I discovered about 6 months ago that it was toilet paper that was causing such huge problems. I managed to find the cheapest paper, and have been relatively problem free till last week when I was at a friend's house and had forgotten my tp at home and used theirs. Since then every day has been a nightmare. I was given meds by the doctor that has caused vaginal bleeding, I'm not sleeping, work is difficult and I'm forever on the toilet. I am also allergic to ANY form of sanitary towel. They all do the same thing... So thank you for sharing this. And here I was, thinking I was alone in teh world with this problem.


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Karen Logan Mays 2 years ago

to Anita Sutherland......try the SIt fresh lotion made by sitcare cosumer health...website is www.sitcare.com it worked miracles for me


Vinni 17 months ago

In case of itch or rash from toilet paper, Patroleum Jelly (Regular), is helping me. I think, it's pretty much like Shea Butter. Safeway brand Petroleum Jelly works fine.

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